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Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) Manufacturing Delayed, Shipping pushed to Sept 21

The new Azure IoT Developer Kit is a pretty nice IoT prototyping board with tons of sensors and things built-in. On Aug 11, 2017, Microsoft, MXChip and a few distributors opened up pre-orders for the Azure IoT Developer Kit board. The pre-orders were taken and the original estimated ship data was September 1, 2017. A wait of only a couple weeks isn’t too bad, right?

Well, as it turns out September 1 came and went, and no Azure IoT Developer Kits were shipped… (At least as far as I am aware of.) Then on September 8, Seeed Studio sent out an email notifying customers who placed pre-orders. This email was to notify that there have been “abnormal issues during production”, and the shipping date is currently being postponed to September 21. Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

Azure IoT Developer Kit

The new Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit board is pretty amazing! It is Arduino compatible and includes many sensors, buttons, and an OLED display all built-in. You can use this board to start prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions without the need to do any wiring, soldering, or really even having much electronics knowledge. You can simply plug it into your computer, and get to coding away on your Azure IoT based solutions immediately. And, as of today, this Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit is available for Pre-Order, with shipments starting Sept. 1. Read More

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Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

One of the long time frustrations with Raspberry Pi development is that you needed a physical device and hardware (sensors, buttons, etc) to fully develop and test your Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Many haven’t really seen this as an issue since deploying code to the device isn’t really that difficult. However, this presents yet another hurtle when first learning how to develop IoT solutions. This can especially be a hurtle when you need to purchase hardware in order to start learning how to develop IoT solution using Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. For this reason Microsoft has created the Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Online Simulator. This simulator does just what it sounds; it simulates the Raspberry Pi hardware so you can easily get coding IoT solutions with ease. Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview Started Shipping

A couple months ago Microsoft announced the availability of the new Azure IoT Developer Kit Board. This is a board that has integrated sensors, buttons, OLED screen and a few other features. This board makes it even easier to get started developing Azure IoT based solutions without the need to solder, connect wires, or even really have any low level electronics knowledge. Recently, Microsoft started shipping out the first set of Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview version boards for application requests that were submitted over the last couple months. While it’s been stated there’s limited quantity, it’s unclear how many of these Preview version boards will be made available. Read More

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Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to Purchase!

In the early days of Microsoft Azure, back in 2010 when it was called Windows Azure, Microsoft had announced plans to make the Azure services available to be run / hosted in on-premises datacenter. Shortly after the announcement they released Azure Pack which wasn’t quite what we had all hoped for. Then about 2 years ago, Microsoft started talking about “Azure in your datacenter” again! The started talking about this new product offering called Azure Stack. We’ve seen a couple technical previews of Azure Stack so far, but not much in the way of a GA (Generally Available) release. That is until now. This week, Microsoft announced that in coordination with hardware OEMs you can now order Azure Stack integrated system hardware, with the first systems beginning to ship in September. There is also some pricing information, and an Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) being made available.

This is an exciting time for Azure Stack, now that we can finally see it all coming together where we’ll finally be able to run Azure services natively in on-premises datacenter or absolutely anywhere else. Read More

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Azure IoT DevKit Preview built with Arduino and VSCode

There have been a number of Azure IoT Starter Kits available for some time now. I’ve written about the Starter Kits in the past. Some of these like the Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Starter Kit from Adafruit require you to wire up sensors and things, while the GrovePi+ is similar to a Lego Mindstorm but for prototyping Internet of Things devices. It seems that Microsoft is finally consolidating onto a specific “Azure IoT Developer Kit”, and they’ve already made early previews available upon application. This new Azure IoT “DevKit” is a single board packed with sensors, buttons, OLED screen, and more! Plus, it’s Arduino compatible! Read More

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Get Started with Azure IoT Technical Training for Developers

Many developers are interesting in building Internet of Things solutions; whether it’s as a side project or something for Enterprise use. With all the Consumer and Industrial IoT products out today and being worked on, it’s certainly an interesting space to work in. However, it can be a bit challenging, and possibly daunting, for developers to get started with building IoT solutions with Microsoft Azure. As a result, many developers have had to do research in many areas and figure out their own learning path. Today, as part of the Build 2017 conference, Microsoft has announced the availability of a number of technical trainings available from Microsoft and other third-parties.

As a means of simplifying your journey to learning how to develop Internet of Things solutions with  the Microsoft Azure cloud, the technical training announced provide structured paths to follow. This structured Azure IoT training will guide you through navigating all the different Azure IoT Suite services (Azure IoT Hub, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Service Bus, Event Hubs, Azure Functions, Cosmos DB / DocumentDB, Azure Machine Learning and more) in the affect of how to design and build full IoT solutions. You no longer need to piece together documentation articles in order to learn how to build IoT solutions with Azure. Read More

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Windows Server running on ARM CPUs, Azure is Next!

So far the servers within Microsoft Azure data centers have been running Intel processors (CPUs). For a long time I’ve wondered if the power efficiency of ARM CPUs could make them more cost effective than Intel x64 CPUs that are more powerful. It’s possible through the use of parallel computing that distributing load across many more ARM CPU cores that consumer lower power could be more cost effective than distributing the same load across fewer more powerful Intel CPUs. Since I first came up with the idea, I’ve assumed that ARM would be more cost effective, however, I haven’t seen anything to back it up. With recent news about Microsoft exploring Windows Server running on ARM, and ARM based cloud server, it looks like they’re dedicating some serious money to this very research effort.

ARM has already revolutionized mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT). Could the next step for ARM CPUs be to revolutionize the Cloud and server market? Read More

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Microsoft Certified for IoT Device Catalog

There are a number of Microsoft Certified for IoT Starter Kits available. These are tailors mostly to prototyping solutions, as they come with a number of sensors and things necessary to get started building. However, if you know what platforms you want to target, or are looking for a number of platforms to choose from, then you’ll want to look through the catalog of Microsoft Certified for IoT devices.

Rather than just having a documentation page or PDF that lists out what all the Certified for IoT Devices are, Microsoft has created a catalog website that’s easily searchable and filterable. Using the official Azure Certified for IoT device catalog can really help you find the perfect IoT hardware for your next IoT project; especially industrial or commercial projects.

The Azure Certified for IoT device catalog is located at: https://catalog.azureiotsuite.com

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AT&T IoT Starter Kit with Azure IoT Suite Support

ATT_IOT_ServicesIt seems that pretty much everyone is getting in on the IoT Game these days. There is a plethora of IoT boards, devices, sensors and other accessories on the market. The new AT&T IoT Starter Kit is one of the latest endeavors into IoT and this time from a telecom instead of just yet another manufacturer. This seems to be a play from AT&T to get you to use their cellular service specifically for your next IoT solution. Read More